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Live from Fantasia : Nightmare Detective

To say that I was excited to finally witness a film by the director of Tetsuo the Iron Man and Tokyo Fist on the big screen is an understatement, and Shinya Tsukamoto didn’t dissapoint.

Nightmare Detective (Japan, 2007)
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

To say that I was excited to finally witness a film by the director of Tetsuo the Iron Man and Tokyo Fist on the big screen is an understatement, and Shinya Tsukamoto didn’t dissapoint.

A homicidal nut (played capably by Tsukamoto himself) able to enter the dreams of his victims in order to kill them off, falls into a metaphysical game of chicken with a ‘nightmare detective’ who possesses the same abilities and maybe even some uncomfortable affinities…

Probably the most innovative director with a limited budget working in film, Tsukamoto’s strength lies in the way he fearlessly explores the medium of filmmaking and never panders to his audience. Nightmare Detective is somewhat more mainstream than Tsukamoto’s other films, but there’s lots of balls-out audio crunching mayhem to keep you awake and out of the reach of the film’s antagonist.

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